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Cow and Calf Research and Teaching Unit

The SDSU Cow-Calf Research and Education Unit (CCREU) plays a key role in serving the needs of SDSU students and state beef cattle producers across the Upper Midwest. Students enrolled in numerous courses in the Department of Animal Science the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in beef cattle production at the facility. Furthermore, students with an interest in seedstock merchandising are able to gain firsthand experience with the promotion and sale of Angus and SimAngus cattle, as the class is responsible for the production of the annual bull sale held each spring at SDSU.

CCREU calves approximately 110 Angus and SimAgus females annually.  In addition to courses, cattle from the CCREU are also used for the SDSU Little International, various 4-H and FFA activities, and Extension field days. Cattle produced at the CCRUE are also integral to the reserch conducted by SDSU faculty and students, both graduate and undergraduate. Research conducted at the CCREU is focused on addressing production issues faced by beef producers across the region. Recent research activities have been largely focused on nutrition and reproduction. However, the research infrastructure of the new CCREU will far exceed those of the current facility thereby allowing researchers to greatly expand the types of research they are able to conduct. The new facility will be equipped with 48 state-of-the-art individual feeding units and eight watering units that will allow for the application of different dietary or water-borne treatments to cattle and recording of feed and water consumption on an individual basis. This new facility will strengthen SDSU’s rank among the top universities in beef cattle teaching and research. Construction of the new facility is currently underway and is scheduled for completion in December of 2015.

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The unit can be contacted at 605-693-2253.

Little International

Little International is a two-day agricultural exposition planned, organized, and implemented by students at South Dakota State University for the benefit of high school and college students. Little International is considered the largest two-day agricultural exposition in the country.

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Purebred Cowherd at SDSU

The SDSU Cow/Calf Unit maintains purebred Angus and hybrid Sim-Angus cowherd and has a rich history of delivering quality genetics to regional producers.

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Animal Science research

Research in the Department of Animal Science is under the auspices of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. Additionally, research funding to support this mission is obtained from grants through federal agencies, commodity organizations, and private industry. Many of our faculty publications have been archived on OpenPRAIRIE.

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Specialized Staff - Beef